Book Review – Every Third Thought


Every Third Thought by Robert McCrum (Picador) ISBN: 9781509815319

I found Every Third Thought to be both uplifting and morbidly depressing. It follows the author’s journey to a greater understanding of humanity when faced with the certainty of ill health and death.

Robert McCrum wrote about the impact of his sudden stroke in his previous book, and in Every Third Thought he examines how terminal illness prognoses impact different people he has met and interviewed.

Having survived for over twenty years from the stroke that altered his life, Robert can’t help but be fascinated by how people adapt, change and fight to overcome the hand dealt them. Some of the stories end tragically, some are studies in courage, but most of all they remind us of how frail human beings truly are, and how suddenly even the most healthy, lucky and charmed amongst us can have their lives turned upside down by illness.

I decided to review Every Third Thought while dealing with a difficult diagnosis related to my younger daughter. This book is not for everyone, but it is helpful for those who might need to be reminded about the strength of the human spirit.

Merissa Himraj
3/5